Common Cause: Fix the Broken Electoral College

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Common Cause, the good-government nonpartisan nonprofit, is asking for your support—and your signature—related to the state of the Electoral College.

The group has launched a petition—here’s why:

Many Americans are outraged that for the second time in five elections, the presidential candidate who won the most popular votes lost the election. And every presidential election, candidates are forced to only compete in a handful of swing states, and effectively ignore voters in every other state in the union.

The winner-take-all Electoral College system that led to this anti-democratic outcome must be changed, so that voters in all 50 states have a say in choosing our president.

Here’s how to do it: states can decide how they award their electoral votes, so if enough require their electors to vote for the winner of the nationwide popular vote (instead of who won in that state,) it would fix the problems of the Electoral College without needing to amend the Constitution.

This National Popular Vote compact wouldn’t take effect until enough states joined in, but we’re closer to that than you might think — ten states and the District of Columbia have already signed on, totaling 165 electoral votes of the needed 270.

Activating the National Popular Vote compact would reshape our democracy for the better. Not only would it ensure that the person who actually got more votes win the presidency, but it would also force candidates to spend time engaging with voters in all 50 states, instead of just a handful swing states.

Interested in signing or learning more? The Common Cause website is where to go.

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